Jordan Peele and Issa Rae Team Up for Universal’s Sinkhole

Universal secured the rights to Leyna Krow's short story in a seven-figure deal

Jordan Peele and Issa Rae Team Up for Universal's Sinkhole

Jordan Peele is keeping things spooky. As Deadline reports, the Oscar-winning mastermind behind Get Out and Us is teaming up with Insecure star Issa Rae on a curious new genre film for Universal called Sinkhole.

Based on Leyna Krow’s short story, the film surrounds a young family that moves into a dream home, only one of the amenities is a gaping sinkhole in the backyard. And said sinkhole tends to fix broken things — possibly people even.

As with anything Peele touches, there’s an inherent social commentary within the story. As Deadline notes, the subplot of Sinkhole carries a “commentary on the human condition through the lens of female identity.”

Universal nabbed the rights to the story for a seven figure deal, beating out more than 10 studio bidders, which makes this something a coup. It also falls under Universal’s five-year deal with Peele’s own Monkeypaw Productions. As of now, Peele is only attached to produce.

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Rae is also one of the hottest names in Hollywood right now. Her HBO series was greenlit for a fifth season back in May, and on Tuesday morning, it scored eight Emmy nominations. She is also coming off of Netflix’s The Lovebirds.

As for Peele, he recently wrapped a second season of The Twilight Zone, and his forthcoming Candyman reboot from writer and director Nia DaCosta is set for release — fingers crossed — this October via Universal.

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